Florida Gulfshore Ballet is a new ballet company in Southwest Florida under the direction of the internationally renowned dancers, Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero. They bring their life’s work, experience, and reputation to Fort Myers, Naples, and the surrounding areas with the goal of producing and performing a diverse repertoire of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works after successfully leading the Florida Gulfshore Ballet school for 10 years.
A robust creative economy is key to cultural tourism and leads to success in other economic sectors. As part of the economy, creative industries include arts, culinary, design, agriculture, advertising, entertainment, architecture, books, media, software, crafts and more. Building and supporting a Southwest Florida creative economy stimulates a vibrant community for residents and attracts diverse cultural tourists.
Florida Gulfshore Ballet’s inaugural year will feature 16 dancers, eight female and eight male, of the highest caliber available.
The Florida Gulfshore Ballet will perform three different programs plus a Nutcracker during the 2023-2024 season, primarily in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties.
Those target theatres include top local performance spaces like Artis-Naples, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, The Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda, and BIG ARTS Sanibel.